- Governor Uzodinma of Imo state has vowed never to negotiate with the people causing mayhem in the state
- The Imo state governor said those involved in the criminal acts have been identified, adding that disgruntled politicians and IPOB members were involved
- Uzodinma vowed that their names will soon be unveiled while they will be prosecuted accordingly
Hope Uzodinma, the governor of Imo state, says security agencies have identified those behind the recent attacks in the southeast state.
The Nation reported that the Imo state governor said the names of those involved in the attacks will be released in a few days and the specific roles they played so that they can face justice.
According to the newspaper, Governor Uzodinma stated this at the end of the Church service at Government House Chapel, Owerri on Sunday, May 2.
Uzodinma was quoted to have said:
“The mayhem in Imo state was carried out by hoodlums, bandits and a small percentage of IPOB members and aggrieved politicians who decided to sponsor violence to derail the Government of the day.”
The governor gave an assurance that his administration would use all within its powers to identify and flush out criminals in Imo, PM News also reported.
“I will never and not going to negotiate with criminals.”
Meanwhile, Governor Uzodinma's statement has sparked reactions on social media.
Oluwaseun Ajayi said:
"Tell him to name them now, you will start to hear story."
Rotimi Kolawole said:
"This governor talks too much. This is getting him more enemies."
Abdulmumuni Abubakar said:
"Use your power vested in by the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria to crush anyone involved in the destruction of lives and property"
Victor Odinaka said:
"Oga, do something to improve security in d state. Enough of this blame game. Thank you"
In another related report, Governor Uzodinma said the attack on his home on Saturday, April 24, which left some security aides dead, was one of the ploys by the enemies to paint a wrong picture about the state.
He said the sponsors of the attacks on facilities and properties in the state wanted a state of emergency to be declared.
He alleged that the vicious attacks on the state were because of his resolve that the resources of the state should be used for the welfare of the people.
According to the report, the suspects were linked to the series of attacks on police facilities in the southeast state and Owerri Correctional Center.
The arrests began four days ago with the bursting of one of their camps in Oguta local government area by security operatives followed by arrests in Ihitte Uboma LGA.